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Woof Guys

WOOF ALL DAY guys. I don’t know how much time you’re supposed to spend making a website but for me it took all day, and frankly- not too much fun! Maybe it’d be more fun if I didn’t just do it once every year. What has happened to me since last we saw eachother here?

Mike said hi

That’s about all of it, mas o menos. There’s quite a bit of figures to have a look at in the gallery these days, so make some time to peruse and read some information about each one of the figures that haven’t yet made it on the site yet, ranging from 2012 to today! It is NOT THAT HARD to update the gallery I found out today. Had some iced tea, had a little bagel bite (yes, a little one- they make even smaller bagel bites called bagel bite minis which, if you take a regular sized bagel, a bagel bite mini fits INSIDE the hole)

Whatever else happens today, there’s this. Hello. My things I do these days are cake toppers. Almost done with a cool Beetlejuice and Lydia, so I’ll show y’all some shots of that when I get done with it. Just came back from London where I hand-delivered a cake topper to my buddies Greg and Alice who got married over there. I was also invited to the wedding, so that was nice. I had the- lamb. This is them on top of their unnaturally enlargened dog, Wilfred.

Greg and Alice

Greg and Alice and Wilfred

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That’s Why I MAGFest

Let’s get serious, anyway. If I could guarantee a MAGFest- sized show where I knew I could sell as much as I sell there, I’d have a good solid job rolling. But it’s tough to count on any other shows being as successful as that one, so until then I’ll keep hustling on the off season and show up in January with a bad-ass table ready to do battle.

This MAGFest was by faaaaaaar the best one I’ve done, and I think most of the other vendors would agree that there was a healthy group of “Spendersons” there (the term I use to differentiate between people who spend money vs those who’re just walking around with their money lodged well up into their butts) so we all enjoyed a slice of the fat money pie.

Let’s talk and talk about it, but I know what you’re thinking: where’s the pics and shots, Ben?? I’m here to disappoint, and can confidently say that the one thing I didn’t do was take pictures of all the new stuff I did for the show. Suffice to say, it was all really good! Lucky though that it was all stuff I have molded, so I’ll soon have shots of everything. I did manage to get shots of Shovel Knight, so here’s some of that for you:

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I have good shots of these Shovelers because it was actually something I got done AFTER MAGFest. I had the option to pre-order the figure at the show and a few people took the deal, so these were the first thing I did when I got back. I gave the option of armor color and phrase on the base. They were a lot of fun to do! I’m almost done with the big commissions from MAG, and can get back into sculpting new stuff. In the meantime, I’m hustling in the next few months to pay the huge tax bill I got saddled with, so if video game figures are your thing, check out my new etsy shop. There’s a whole bunch of stuff not sold from the show, so there’s something there for you, I’d bet!

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Baby’s Big Day Off

Hey dude

Since the last time I posted, I think I cut my hair only three times. That’s not a whole lot of times, so I’m not too concerned. Besides, just a whole lot of stuff has happened so I can’t be blamed for every little thing that goes wrong in your life. Sure, overall I’m probably part of the problem. I’ll go out of my way and point them out, even, so as to get ahead of the accusations:

I didn’t close the door completely. rather, I closed it but it didn’t click. This allowed not only for heat to get out, but also your gila monster which you had yet to register at the exotic pets center. Though it didn’t bite anyone, it caused a kid to totally do a header off his Next.

I dropped your iPhone in sauce. This will be your sixth iPhone in so many months. I admit I did it, but you can’t deny: Ended up being some fiiiiiine sauce.

The best I could do was “yeah that sounds about right” when you told me your uncle died. My insensitivity caused you to drop the phone while driving, which landed smack-dab in (what are the odds) a bag of warm sauce.

I know there have been more, but as I said, I don’t have the time to reroute my own culpability in all matters that I was the prime transgressor in recent months. It would take me all night and I don’t think your laptop has enough battery power to get through them all. You weren’t using it and mine has been confiscated by Best Buy for what they are calling “blatant misuse”

Other than that, check this out:

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I’m Done Sculpting

That’s right, everybody. I’ve decided that after the over TEN years of sculpting, the success, the not-quite-failures-but-pretty-bads, the praise and accolades, and the busted eyeball blood vessels, I’ve decided to stop sculpting entirely for the day. It’s just about 6:18 PM and I just can’t do it anymore.

“Now wait!” You’re trying to telepathically convey to me. “You can’t stop now! It’s the shank of the evening!” to which I reply, I don’t care WHAT it’s the shank of anymore. I’m just tired and I think I’d be better off just quitting altogether for the day. I know this is probably gonna upset some people who thought I would be sculpting until the end of my day, like, right up until I go to sleep. You people just need to understand- I got a life outside sculpting, and I feel like I’ve been ignoring it. I need to take the trash out at some point tonight.

Please just know that while I feel very strongly about this decision, there still is a possibility I might change my mind and return to sculpting. Presently I doubt it, but at some point down the line like at 9:30, maybe I’ll feel differently.

In the meantime, go to the Portfolio to see a BUNCH of new shots of figures I did for some events and shows I recently attended. “What shows?” you telepathically inquire- well, if you can implant thoughts into my head, shouldn’t you know that already?

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And just like that, I quit. See ya tomorrow!!

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Post Pixels and Pigments Payload

I’ve been really lucky this year to have a lot of time to get figures done and cast out, ready to paint. It’s been at the cost of not making a lot of up-front money and instead stockpiling loads of sculptures for some glorious day. I got a bunch of figures set a side to put in the Pixels and Pigments show that went on at the end of last month. It was a blast and highly successful! When I say it was highly successful I mean I didn’t sell anything but many people totally probably THOUGHT about buying something. Other artists in the show managed to sell a few bits but I’m sure we all would’ve wished for a few more bucks. I was ready to re-make everything in the show, thinking I was gonna sell out, so at least I don’t have to find time to replace any of those pieces!

When you do a gallery show, they set it up in a couple of different ways, but the most popular way to compensate the gallery owner for letting you use his space is to attach a percentage of your sale to go to him. It makes you want to price your piece to give room for his cut but still give you the money you feel you deserve for the piece. This results in a rather higher-priced piece than would rather be set at like say a convention or arts fair, where you pay a flat rate to get a booth. Even if the rate is like $300 to get a booth, you’ll still think of it as a seperate cost that shouldn’t change what you charge for your art. Anyway, that’s how it is with me, and it’s probably why I do better at conventions.

That being said, you may be thinking “so you’ll be just holding out for MAGFest from here?” NOPE the next event will be in December with Rick Sans and Sergio Andujar II, we’re working on a popup shop with multiple purposes- a launch party for our line of figures DOOMFELLAZ, an art show and a place to pick up men and women of questionable morals (to your preference) so keep your social calendar clear! More information to come!

I’ll unleash some shots of figures that were displayed at the show- the big deal was this one, which I call “Hylian at Rest”


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Level 7

I’ve been keeping you all on tenterhooks, Fizzlets (that’s what you call yourselves, you who follow this blog) but for good reason- I know you’ve all been wondering what the “dirt” is on what I’ve been up to. Well, no use getting your hands full of “dirt” any longer, Fizzlings! Here’s a shot of the progress so far- not the best resolution from the phone, but it tells the story of not a small amount of casting work-


It’s a cavalcade of halfway-done work. A lot of it is at Level 7 of the process. 3 more levels to go and they’re ready to go in people’s pockets! Most is stuff I’m working on to get ready for MAGFest 12, Though I submitted my request like a week ago and nothing back. Do you think maybe I’ve been blackballed because of my shines/jinx? It’s likely.

I even pulled out most of my done stuff to show Phil Hoyt so he could pick what he wanted for his upcoming show at Breakneck Gallery in Lakewood:

Cover Photo

Theoretically, you should be able to click that banner and it’ll take you to the facebook. Have heart, out-of-town Fizzkins- I’ll be traveling also with my petites in the next few months, even as far as



See something small and blurry that you like on that table? I’ll keep up with where I’ll be in the upcoming months so you can get your dirty hands on ’em.


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The Perfect Pull

We’ve done good to get the apartment liveable– of big importance to me is the area I get to sculpt. At first I was all like, “I just need a little table and the bookcase for all my paint and stuff” and so I got that set up. Then I realized I wasn’t gonna have anywhere to put finished pieces, so I was like, “just let me get a utility shelf set and that’ll be good” and now I’m like, “all’s I need is a desk for my thoughts” which I haven’t got yet but it’s coming. Little corner of the room is turning into the whole thing, like any craftist probably knows, and will soon push all other stuff out of the house.

I’ve gotten a bunch of molds done, so that need for space is much more apparent. I’m jumping to the next step already, eager to see just how well all these molds are- the other day when I was working with the resin, I was jamming to the new Daft Punk and popping out perfect casts- little to no surface bubbles, and no missed spots. Whenever a cast is done setting up in the mold and I begin to pull it apart, I begin talking to it- “c’mon now, you gonna be a perfect pull for me? Aw, yeah first side’s lookin’ fresh. How bout the other side, whatta we got? Oh baby, looks like we got a– yup, that there’s a


*********PERFECT PULL*********

And usually then I do a little dance, probably sing whatever song is on but substitute the phrase “perfect pull” in wherever it’s possible in the lyrics.

photo (1)Hello lads, I’m Tingle but you may know me better as PERFECT PULL

After all the fan-fare, I eventually run out of resin and have a bunch of flaky figures in need of sanding. Last year I sanded every last piece by hand, sometimes spending hours on one small batch. This year I got wise and bought a cordless Dremel. I’m still spending hours sanding, but now it’s as fun as sculpting and I burn through around five times as many figures as I used to. The back deck is great for scratching these babies down, too, so I’m not breathing in all the mess I make. CONCLUSION: I’m the Batman of resin-cast figurines.

photo (3)A PERFECT PULL for good fun, A PERFECT PULL to get some, A PERFECT PULL to get lucky

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When I was 11 I came across this advertisement in a video game magazine:


It was a very important thing to have done, and also interesting to note that it was a time when a page in a magazine was quite possibly the only thing to convince me that I had to get $50 together for a video game (let alone ANYTHING- where does an 11-year-old get 50 bucks?)

I wasn’t so easily swayed by mere magazine ads- that is to say, they weren’t always my guidance for choosing which games were right for me. The box art had to be really good too. 1996 was a tough time to get folks to buy computer games, and a bunch of stuff clicked for me with The Neverhood– it was claymation, which I was obsessed with, and it was a point and click adventure. I was familiar with the genre through King’s Quest, which was given to us by our cousins. My brother and I played it over the course of a summer when our dad was off at work. Essentially, King’s Quest was our babysitter. It did a really good job.

One Sunday afternoon out with my grandmother (henceforth to be referred to as Teddy) I came across The Neverhood at Wal-Mart. I had put the game in the back of my mind since seeing the ad, as well as my resolve to get the cash together. I appealed to Teddy to lend me the money (which, both of us knew, was really just a request for her to buy it for me) but Teddy said “well, you’ve already picked out the Legos, so you can only have one”. Completely reasonable, but I just decided to cry about it until she caved in. Even to this day I stand up for my 11-year old self and his behavior. What am I, gonna pass up on a big box of Legos? It was the big tub of loose, uncoordinated Legos. You can’t buy those tubs anymore.

So I got the game home and can still remember just how perfect it was. If you haven’t played this game, there’s nothing I can say that will convince you that you should find a way to play it, but you very much should. The game’s art direction alone is like nothing you’ve ever seen, the world is rich and full of rewarding secrets, the puzzles are so clever, the music and characters jibe with the world to bring it all to life and make me obsessed with it for years and years. I was a big contributor to The Neverhood message boards for a long time (posting under my ‘Hood alias, Foonio) and I’ve done some fanart in the past:

This game has been the impetus for my desire to stick with sculpting. They released some games after The Neverhood for the Playstation- one platformer called Skullmonkeys and a fighting game called Boombots. Both were just as creative and had high replay value, but what we’ve always wanted was a return to the Neverhood, or at least the style of it. SO- here we are, almost 20 years later and Mike Dietz has gotten the crew back together to make a new Claymation point-and-click, the spiritual successor to The Neverhood:

I’ve done all I can to support the project monetarily, by calling Teddy and crying until she caved in. Now, if you could do the same, and call your grandmothers, we’ll have this game backed and off the ground. Take a look around the Kickstarter campaign, watch the movies, check out the fantastic pledge incentives, and toss ’em a few bones. Indie games abound these days, but I can assure you, NOBODY makes games like these guys do. It’s GOTTA get done. I never ask you for anything, it’s totally the least you could do. Call your grandma.

I was so excited about Armikrog I did a Drunken Sailor Klaymen figure

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Back in the Habit 2: Sisterin’ Around

Hi there.

Don’t worry about anything, ’cause the time has come for me to take up the mantle again and be a responsible sculptor. Honeymoon’s over and I got the itch to make a few new rude dudes.


Anne and I walked out on America for another run through Japan, as you may have pieced together- the idea was to stay for a longer stint this time around, but circumstances changed and we made the choice to retreat back to Cleveland. If you want a more detailed version of this story, read through our Japan blog. It’s NOT because of anything the Yakuza did, at all, those guys are always getting blamed and I want to put all of that RIGHT out of your mind. A completely non-Yakuza related departure from Japan (not even a threatening note pinned to a rotting cabbage on our door)

We got back completely unharmed and I wasted no time joining back up with The Monster Makers. They asked, “How did you escape the wrath of the Japanese mob?” and I carefully explained that there wasn’t any trouble with them, and that they pretty much ignored us actually. According to them I was putting on a brave face but in the absence of any threat, I don’t know about any kind of brave face. Perhaps stemming from a form of PTSD that follows absolutely no trauma or shocking event, I found solace in sculpting, as you can see here:

IMG_0019ain’t nobody gonna pardon these crimes

I’m really glad to be back doing these little treasures. Maybe someday we’ll make our way back to Japan, but for now we’re jamming our stakes in the rich Cleveland concrete. I’ve got a lot of fun to do at The Monster Makers, and Anne is getting her feet professionally calloused with Inlet Dance Theatre. We’re making our presence known on this side of the planet, so if you’re a Japanese gangster you officially MISSED YOUR CHANCE.

IMG_0021I saw a yakuza and this is what it looks like

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